Search on for New Zealand’s Women of Influence
Nominations are open for the fourth annual Fairfax and Westpac Women of Influence Awards. The awards recognise women from all walks of life who make a difference and help shape New Zealand, whether it’s in their community, a specific industry or in the world. Nominations for all 10 categories close on July 15.
2015 Supreme Winner, former CEO of Fairfax NZ, Joan Withers was recognised for her work championing board diversity and striving to close the gender gap in business. Withers went from leaving high school at 16 to become a chairwoman of Mighty River Power and TVNZ, a director of ANZ and a member of the Treasury Advisory Board. She is a strong advocate for getting more women into board of director positions.
A media release from the organisers says that previous Women of Influence winners include Lesley Elliott, winner of the Supreme Award in 2014 for her commitment to the Sophie Elliott Foundation, helping educate Kiwis on violence prevention and healthy relationships. Therese Walsh was recognised for her work as chief operating officer for Rugby New Zealand 2011 Limited, as well as her role as chair of the inaugural International Development Advisory and Selection Panel. She received the Supreme Award in 2013. See ww.stuff.co.nz/ womenofinfluence